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Six Questions to Ask When Replacing UPS Batteries

Did you know…

  • Battery failure is the number one cause of UPS load loss and system downtime.
  • The single most critical element of UPS performance is battery quality.
  • All it takes is one bad battery in a string to bring your systems down during a power outage or other interruption.

Battery performance varies greatly from one manufacturer to another. Making the wrong decision on batteries can have a serious impact on UPS uptime reliability, causing potentially devastating consequences from power interruptions

1. Is the UPS battery manufacturer qualified by the UPS manufacturers? All major UPS manufacturers have qualified battery manufacturers they use for their UPS systems. As a result, companies like Eaton/Powerware and Liebert/Emerson will only use those types of batteries in their equipment.

Below is a list of some major UPS Manufacturers and the related battery manufacturers they qualified:

  • Eaton/Powerware – C&D, Powerware, Deka
  • GE Digital Energy – C&D, Power Battery, GNB
  • Liebert/Emerson – C&D, Enersys, Yuasa, GNB
  • Toshiba – Power Battery

2. Are you getting a multi-year warranty on new battery purchases? Some suppliers or vendors will sell a lower cost battery with a one-year warranty. This is fine but be aware that inexpensive batteries with only a one-year warranty typically means a poorer quality battery. Be prepared to replace these batteries every 1 to 2 years. Batteries with a three-year warranty are going to be a superior battery with a longer lifespan, generally requiring a replacement only every 3 to 5 years.

3. Is the warranty from the battery manufacturer or the supplier/vendor? What happens if the warranty is backed by the supplier or vendor and not the manufacturer? You may have difficulties getting a prompt replacement in the event that a warranty battery goes bad.

4. Are the batteries U.L. listed/approved/compliant? U.L. stands for Underwriters Laboratory, which is the trusted resource across the globe for product safety certification and compliance solutions. From manufacturers and consumers to regulatory bodies and code officials, the U.L.have tested products for public safety for more than a century.

5. Are the batteries new or used/refurbished? New batteries should have a Date Code of less than six months from the date you receive them. Used or refurbished means you’re getting somebody else’s old, used batteries.

With a used battery you don’t know what the battery’s manufacturing date is or how it has been treated by previous owners. Was it run hot and/or frequently discharged? Used batteries will not provide you with reliable performance and their lifetime is not guaranteed.

6. Are the old batteries being disposed of properly by your battery supplier/vendor?  Most batteries are considered to be a hazardous waste because of the lead and acid within the battery. The Universal Waste regulations (March 11, 1995) affected batteries as a hazardous waste and are to be disposed of and recycled properly according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

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Titan Power Attends 7X24 Exchange Conference In Phoenix, AZ

The 2009 Fall Conference, End-to-End Reliability: The Changing Landscape of Data Centers, was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a four-day conference starting on Sunday, November 15th and adjourned on Wednesday, November 18th.

The conference was jam-packed full of noteworthy speakers and interesting topics. A list of speakers and topics and can be seen by clicking on the links below. This was Titan Power’s first time attending the conference and as a vendor in the Mission Critical industry, we found it to be very informative and useful in learning new approaches, products, ideas, solutions and techniques related to improving End-to-End reliability. The conference also provided its attendees with ample opportunities to network and share information and ideas with other professionals in the industry.

Speakers: http://www.7x24exchange.org/fall09/speakers.htm

Schedule: http://www.7x24exchange.org/fall09/schedule.htm

What is 7×24 Exchange?

Formed in 1989, 7×24 Exchange is the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, use and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, aiming to improve End-to-End reliability by promoting dialogue among these groups. Founded on the belief that most professionals involved with End-to-End information infrastructures work in isolation when dealing with technical, budget, political, and career issues, 7×24 Exchange creates communications vehicles designed to promote dialogue among these groups and to advance the state-of-the-art in infrastructure reliability. With the information from these dialogues members can alert top management to the importance of proactive measures and help protect their companies’ information lifeline.

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Titan Power Becomes Member of AZ Technology Council

Titan Power recently joined an Organization called the Arizona Technology Council. This organization is a non-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state’s expanding technology industry. To promote economic growth and professional development in Arizona’s technology sector, the Council provides members networking opportunities, business support and access to educational forums.

 The Council strives to distinguish Arizona as a leader in the technology community and offer resources that are exclusive to its members. This association produces over 100 events each year that drive networking, promote continued education, and offer opportunities for new business growth for our members.

Visit the AZ Tech Council website www.aztechcouncil.com

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Titan Power Partners With TrendPoint

Titan Power is proud to announce that we now offer TrendPoint products. TrendPoint products manage your energy and carbon metrics, while providing easy-to-use solutions for remote data center monitoring. Through its web based products, TrendPoint offers solutions for monitoring sites, both large and small, whether you have one site or hundreds. TrendPoint’s product line includes the following:

TrendPoint One- provides information to users in regards to Energy, Carbon, Cooling and Heat.

EnerSure – lets you track your power metrics at the circuit level.

EnviroCube – gives you complete understanding of your data room’s environmental metrics. Temp, humidity, pressure, etc.

Link to TrendPoint: http://www.titanpower.com/products/power-management/energy-carbon-metrics.php

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President of Titan Power and Service Technician give training session for customer

Andy Berney, President and Director of Operation for Titan Power, gave an overview training session to one of Titan Power’s valued customers, Wild Horse Pass Resort & Casino last week. Andy conducted this training along with Senior Service Technician, Thomas Rutledge, on how to properly operate a Liebert AP610, 750kVA Parallel UPS System.

Andy and Thomas provided this overview to the Facility Maintenance Personnel and reviewed the maintenance procedures and protocol so they had a better understanding of equipment. The entire training session was recoded by a camera crew and will be used for an on-site training resource for Wild Horse Pass Resort & Casino employees.

The training video will be posted shortly….

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Arizona Customer Appreciation Event

Titan Power hosted a Customer Appreciation Event at the Dbacks game. Great game with an even better crowd.

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Titan Power’s Crtical Systems Engineer serves on Banner Health Committee

Bill McCluskey, Titan Power’s Critical Systems Engineer & Senior Project Manager, has been invited to participate on Banner Health’s Construction Committee. Supported by Banner’s Network Integrator Group, the Construction Committee researches and designs infrastructure support systems for the critical environment of new expansion medical centers. Its goal is to ensure safer and more reliable care to Banner patients, by implementing and installing the most leading edge technology in their critical technology environments.

As part of the committee, Bill will act as a Consultant in the area of emergency power systems. “The focus is to consolidate efforts to configure a scope with specific characteristics of what is appropriate for the capacity of each facility now and in the future.”

Bill’s contribution will be to ensure that engineering of these systems meet industry standards and include the most state of the art, up to date technology.  Titan Power and Bill McCluskey is proud to participate with Banner Health in pursuing growth opportunities and serving the Arizona Community. 

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Titan Power and Rittal Team up for Zero Downtown Conference

Titan Power and Rittal Corporation team up to present Rittal’s high density enclosure cooling system, the “LCP”.

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Titan Power awarded cooling contract for Stanford University

Advaced solution will protect high-demand servers for Stanford University’s Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)

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Titan Power Awarded Arizona State Contract

This award was granted by the Arizona State Department of Administration Purchasing Office.

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